The Matt Tolentino Band
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It's no surprise that an 18-piece dance band like the Singapore Slingers can't always fit into the venues where Matt plays- that's why he frequently calls on smaller combinations to do the job. Mostly known as the Matt Tolentino Band (the occasional pseudonym is sometimes employed), the repertoire of the band is fun, upbeat, and highly authentic. The band is perfect for dances, house parties, weddings, and just about any celebration where lively music is needed.

The instrumentation of the band quite often features the tuba and banjo- which gives it that driving 2-beat sound, which was so popular in the 1920s and early 1930s during the era of 'hot jazz.,' which is the band's true specialty. This also gives the group an added degree of authenticity! However, the band is quite capable of moving up the timeline as well, during which times the instrumentation may shift to bass and guitar. The musicians are quite flexible! So whether you're looking to host a Gatsby event or a swing dance, the Matt Tolentino band is here for you.

The Matt Tolentino Band is available in any configuration you desire. Most of the time the band is 4-piece, but can go as high as 8 musicians (or more at your request!). Many times the band is augmented with additional horn players, either cornet/trombone or secondary reed, or sometimes hot violin or fiddle is used.

The band is ready to play for you! Weddings, private parties, birthdays, corporate events, clubs, restaurants, dances and more... we're at your service!
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The Matt Tolentino band can be seen around Dallas, playing everything from jazz clubs and dances, to corporate events, weddings and house parties. Their music is a lot of fun, an energetic blend of hot music- "rhythms sweet and hot" as Matt would say. The repertoire mostly centers around early 'trad' jazz and pop tunes, the likes of which were heard in New York and Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s. Rare gems share the spotlight with the old chestnuts- when the Matt Tolentino Band plays, these great old tunes sound as fresh and exciting as when they were first penned nearly 100 years ago. Their music is guaranteed to get you up out of your seat and out on the dance floor!
The Matt Tolentino Band never fails to give the dancers plenty of rhythms to dance to, but one thing Matt always insists on is variety. You can always count on the boys to slip in rhumbas, waltzes, and other varieties in rhythm, just to keep things interesting for the dancers. There are lots of beautiful dance floors to be had in Dallas- including the Kessler Theatre and the Sons of Hermann Hall, and the band hopes to bring our music to each and everyone of them.

The group aspires to bring their audience a high level of authenticity with every show. Majority of the instruments and equipment used at performances is vintage and era-appropriate. The drum kit used in the Matt Tolentino Band, as well as the Slingers, is a 1928 Ludwig with its original factory painted head. When the band is focusing on 1920s and 1930s jazz and pop, banjo is the weapon of choice, and often times that banjoist is Scott Whitfield. Scott Whitfield is nationally recognized as one of the best banjo players in the country. To compliment the banjo, the tuba is often used to supply the bass; tuba and banjo were the rhythm instruments of choice before the bass and guitar took over. Remember- the band doesn't always use tuba and banjo... but for 1920s and 1930s jazz, it can't be beat!

The band loves to play the music of the 1920s and 1930s, but the group is also available for ballroom and swing dance engagements. Need some subtle background music for your party or ceremony? We can help! 

When he is not performing with his own ensembles, Matt Tolentino plays throughout Dallas and Ft. Worth as a soloist (piano and accordion) as well as a sideman, always ready to work. Check out Matt's page here on the website for more information...

Interested in booking? Drop a line on the 'Contact' page- the MTB is available for all of your musical needs... from private parties to large festivals
Upcoming Shows:


August 27th, 2016
11:00 am
Good Local Markets
The Matt Tolentino Trio will provide some live music to enhance the market experience.
Farmers and artisans are at the top of their game with quality arts and crafts, fresh local fruits and vegetables, meats, and cheese and specialty foods from all around the north Texas area.
Always good food, juice, and coffee!
9150 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX 75218
www.GoodLocalMarket.org

August 30th, 2016
6:00 pm
Swingin' and Singin' For The Blue
An evening of live music featuring a variety of Dallas' most swingin' bands.
Benefiting the Assist the Officer Foundation in honor of the men and women who protect and serve.
All proceeds from tickets sales and raffles go directly to the Foundation.
The Matt Tolentino Band
Dave Washburn's Three Quarters Fast Jazz Band
Ricki Derek and the Vegas Six
Advance Tickets are $25
To purchase tickets, click this link
Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75226

September 10th, 2016
7:00 pm
Private Event

September 17th, 2016
7:00 pm
Fundraiser Gala


October 1st, 2016
7:00 pm

Gatsby Gala
MCL Grand, Lewisville (private)

October 28th, 2016
9:00 pm
Roaring Twenties Halloween Soiree
The annual Halloween party at Scat Jazz Lounge returns.
Wear your best flapper attire or Al Capone get up and you could go home with a swell prize.

More information coming soon!
www.ScatJazzLounge.com


November 26th, 2016
9:00pm
Dallas Swing Dance Society
Enjoy a night of swing dancing to a hot 5-piece band!
Admission is $14 for DSDS members, $19 for non-members
Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219

www.DSDS.org
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